Invasion Force, the Original Painting by Nicolas Trudgian – Framed


C-47s drop airborne troops into occupied Europe shortly after D-Day. An unusual and sought after original painting by Nicolas Trudgian.
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C-47s of the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron drop paratroopers of the 101st Airborne into occupied Europe soon after D-Day.  Few C-47 pilots had more combat experience than Sid Harwell, who is featured flying his Dakota in this typical scene.

Almost every major invasion that took place in Europe in World War II began with paratrooper drops and, in almost every case, the C-47 was the aircraft that delivered these elite fighting troops. No matter what resistance they encountered, the good C-47 crews put their aircraft right over the Drop Zone, every time.

Completed in Gouache and Watercolor on fine art paper, this is the original painting used to create the print edition of Invasion Force in 1995.


The original painting has been personally signed by one of the most experienced C-47 Pilots of WWII:


Sid Harwell flew 45 combat missions piloting the C-47 Dakota with the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Tactical Group, USAAF.  On D-Day he flew the number two aircraft in the lead formation of the invasion, dropping elements of the 101st Airborne Division at 00.40 hours near St. Mere-Eglise.  He returned later in the day towing a CG-4 Waco glider to the landing zone behind Omaha beach.  He later saw combat in Southern France, Holland and during the Rhine Crossing.

The painting is conservation framed and matted to include the original autographs of three members of the “Band of Brothers” – Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division :

Private 1st Class BILL WINGETT
Corporal Technician G5

A great opportunity to acquire an unusual and seldom seen original work by Nick Trudgian.

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Overall Size Framed

19 ½ x 17 inches

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